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BBC Sport and Aardman animate Euro 2008 title sequence

The title sequence for the BBC's coverage of this year's European Championship is an animation that has been produced in collaboration with Aardman Animations.


The sequence will include animated versions of international football players from the English Premier League – Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Ballack, William Gallas and Fernando Torres, with former Rangers midfielder, Gennaro Gattuso, and legendary player and manager Marco van Basten.


The sequence is based in an Austrian opera house and the stage is set for five of the most talented players due to appear in this year's Championship.


They will feature alongside Van Basten, an iconic former player with a rich Euro history and scorer of one of the most iconic goals from the 1988 tournament.


The eight cities, in Austria and Switzerland, in which the games will be played, feature as backdrops to the players making their appearance on stage.


Current title holders, Greece, are celebrated at the beginning of the sequence.


BBC Executive Producer, Phil Bigwood, said: "We wanted the title sequence to reflect just how much footballing talent viewers can expect to see at the Euros. There will nearly 50 players at this year's tournament who play regularly in the Premier League.


"So even without any Home Nation teams involved viewers will get to watch footballers they recognise – meaning a lot of familiar faces to make the games more appealing."


BBC Sport also announced the choice of music for the opening title – Mozart's Symphony No.41. It will be reworked and performed by UK multi-faceted musical outfit, Unkle.






Category: Sport
Date: 30.05.2008
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